I am going to be crystal clear.
It is imperative we get out the vote, #GOTV, for the November 6, 2018, midterm elections. If you want real change in how our government is run, then it is vital we convey that message to others. Many, if not most of us, do not like what is happening now in the federal and state political arenas. Most of the politicians currently holding office are not and have not been hearing us. Let us make our voices heard.
Whether we are writing postcards, texting, phone banking, posting to social media or talking to our neighbors the first thing to remember is to MAKE IT PERSONAL. Whether we are talking to someone we know, or someone we've just met, it's critical to make the discussion personal. Make it matter. Draw them out, ask what is important to her/him, and most importantly, LISTEN to their responses.
- Written by Morpheus
Trump's Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, cites Romans 13:1 as justification for separating families at the border as part of the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy for breaches of immigration policy. Sessions indicated, seemingly with obscene joy, “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”
“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful.” Sessions added.
Romans 13:1 [NIV] itself says, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”
The Attorney General is correct in his interpretation of this one verse, and that would be all well and good if Romans 13:1 were the only verse in the Bible to address secular authority. However, Romans 13 isn't the only verse Sessions might appeal to. There are eight similar verses in the Books of Genesis, Daniel, John, and 1 Peter that reinforce the AG’s message.
- Written by Bellatrixx2018
In their article, From Incivility to Outrage: Political Discourse in Blogs, Talk Radio, and Cable News, Sarah Sobieraj & Jeffrey M. Berry consider the current state of the study of incivility in politics to be incomplete. This is because most research on incivility in American politics focuses on other aspects besides outrage and incivility, per se. The authors provide a premise that, “there is remarkably little data on the extent to which political discourse is actually uncivil”. They hypothesize that political discourse is very uncivil, further asserting that this condition merits study to a more meaningful degree. Sobieraj and Berry believe that is critical to develop a deeper understanding of the depth and nature of political instability through study of uncivil political discourse. They argue that widespread proliferation and visibility of outrageous speech is new, that this increase in the importance of its role is explicit, and as a result, it behooves us to better understand it. We are pressed to better integrate understanding of the emotional appeal aspect of outrage tactics, a basis of argument which, if successful, may have social and political implications.
- Written by Benjamin Sisko